Translation of point in Spanish:


punta, n.

Pronunciation: /pɔɪnt//pɔɪnt/


  • 1

    (sharp end, tip)
    punta feminine
    to come to a point acabar en punta
    • at the point of a gun a punta de pistola
    • The hooks have very sharp points which is just what one needs to make sure the hooks go in and stay in.
    • In a blink of an eye, the point of her blade was protruding from the back of his armor.
    • The man abruptly stopped as he felt the sharp point of an arrow in the back of his neck.
    • The needle was roughly rounded and well-pointed, and the point was still quite sharp.
    • Needle points are specifically designed to pierce a particular fabric type.
    • At the far end of these instruments is a screw or a sharp point for piercing right through the cork.
    • A shattered window contains thousands of incredibly sharp edges and dagger-like points.
    • You will experience a pain similar to if you had just stepped on the point of an icepick with your heel.
    • Nothing with a sharp point was allowed within a mile of the young girl as she grew up.
    • Wig pins are small and usually have a sharp point at one end to help the pins penetrate the wig piece.
    • Kim winced as the sharp point of the needle pierced the vein in her arm.
    • The defendant claimed his father had had a carving knife and had become aggressive and he had felt the point of the weapon in his back.
    • The point of a sharp knife should feel little resistance when pushed into the potato.
    • I dropped my tool on its point, which blunted it, so the left side is less worked and detailed than the right side.
    • Small children and sharp points don't go together.
    • With the point of a sharp knife, make four or five slits in each drumstick.
    • It takes almost no force for one of these points or edges to cause a laceration.
    • The blade shined as if it had never been used, and the point was as sharp as the day it was made.
    • A lieutenant stood at the right of the line, the point of his sword upon the ground, his left hand resting upon his right.
    • While writing, focus on the point of the pen and move your eyes with its movements.
    • He levelled the game at the midway point in the second half.
    • There are three points in this process at which learning can potentially play a role.
    • From the point of conception onwards, parents are now viewed as a risk factor in their children's lives.
    • Additional percussion is also provided by the chorus which claps specific patterns at certain points in the music.
    • Doctors said she probably died at the point of going limp in the pool.
    • Up until this point, my main focus had been on getting to the event and getting there on time.
    • Up until this point almost all swords were heavy and required more strength than skill to maneuver.
    • At one point in the night we went for over forty minutes without a single customer.
    • I think the lowest point was when the insurance company sent in forensics experts to check if the fire was arson.
    • We haven't even reached the halfway point in the season yet and you're tipping us for disaster.
    • At what point does a good idea become compromised by the thought of how best to make money?
    • This type of system is in common usage worldwide but up until this point had not been available in Ireland, the bank said.
    • At some point during that long night they took a decision - and headed north.
    • Of particular note is the visual montage that comes at the halfway point of the film.
    • He got winded at a couple of points in the fight.
    • The road was closed for three hours at one point and only reopened fully at midnight.
    • There comes a point in the refurbishment process where the law of diminishing returns come into play.
    • At some point, the decision about whether or not to stay in acting has to be faced.
    • Many people do not notice a problem with their vision until this point, or assume a poor vision is part of getting older.
    • Not until the midway point did the president acknowledge that he had an opponent in the coming election.
    • Belgium are currently on top on 14 points with Croatia and Scotland next in line on 11 points each.
    • If they can garner 19 points in the process they will also seal the championship.
    • They played extremely well and were unlucky to be beaten by a single point.
    • Argentina took an early lead but trailed by a point at the break.
    • He also chipped in with two splendid points at vital stages of the game.
    • He kicked two vital points from play when they were needed most.
    • Given greater composure, they could have scored more tries and thus gained a bonus point.
    • City lie in tenth place in Division Three, just three points of the play-off positions and just five points off third place.
    • He was captain of the basketball team and set a school record by scoring 22 points in a game.
    • It was just so disappointing to lose the playoff by a single point.
    • The winner is the one who is left with the most points from the remaining three judges.
    • To score 17 points in a game, and still lose, is a very bitter pill to swallow.
    • They established a lead at the top of the table which at one stage reached thirteen points.
    • This was close fight and would have been even tighter without the points deducted.
    • Leitrim led by six points at half-time.
    • His side were in complete control and at one stage led by seventeen points.
    • Indeed they fell further behind and trailed by 11 points with just five minutes remaining.
    • The loss of two points even at this stage in the season could well be vital.
    • Did you set out to get as many points as possible during qualifying?
    • Four minutes later he stroked his second point majestically with the outside of his right boot.
    • I walked alone south along the beach toward Cape Point.
    • We'll go back around the point and into that last small bight we passed on our way here.
    • I elect to stay outside and swim round the point, making a circuit back to the boat through an archway in the cliff.
    • I'm just taking the canoe around the point for a little paddle.
    • We walked up the curving beach below Malibu Creek and paddled out at the top of the point.
  • 2

    • 2.1(dot)

      punto masculine
      • When elements are removed from inside a word or phrase, but nothing is taken from the end, a full point is often omitted.
      • Footnote numbering in the text should be placed after the full point at the end of a sentence.
      • Every punctuation point had better be right.

    • 2.2

      coma masculine
      punto decimal masculine Latin America
      1.5 1,5 read as: "uno punto cinco"

  • 3

    • 3.1(in space)

      punto masculine
      the southernmost/highest point of the island el punto más meridional/alto de la isla
      • the points of the compass los puntos cardinales
      • meeting point punto de reunión
      • customs point aduana
      • point of contact punto de contacto
      • point of departure punto de partida
      • (of bullet) point of entry (of immigrant, goods) punto de entrada
      • I've reached the point where I just don't care he llegado a un punto en que ya no me importa
      • things have reached such a point that … las cosas han llegado a tal punto / a tal extremo que …
      • the point of no return
      • we've reached the point of no return ahora tenemos que seguir adelante
      • Being one of the highest points in the area, it is considered to be a sacred grove.
      • It was a mountainous country but also one with several points of easy entry for English armies and settlers.
      • Most of the smuggling cases detected previously at border control points had involved lorries instead of coaches.
      • However, enhanced controls at points of entry into the country continue to remain in place.
      • It said that the investigators conducted 783 tests at screening points and other areas of airport security.
      • Cleeve Hill is the highest point on the Cotswold hills at about 300 m. above sea level.
      • Information is gathered from a multitude of sources including surface observation points, ships, buoys and aircraft.
      • Pedestrians should also remember to use the official crossing points at busy junctions.
      • Soldiers were positioned at strategic points in the city and at election rallies where huge crowds gathered.
      • These bridges are long because they cross rivers at the point where they empty into the sea.
      • People can hand in their unused glasses and sunglasses at a number of collection points in the area.
      • Acupuncture treatment is administered at specific points or sites on the body.
      • Our children need and deserve an official and recognisable safe crossing point along this road.
      • Using your fingers to apply pressure to specific points on your body can ease symptoms.
      • By sunset, she'd looped back to one of the highest points in the park, not far from where we'd started.
      • Everywhere we went we saw collection points for money and provisions.
      • Our facility has been designated as a drop off point for relief supplies.
      • In the park's early days, pine trees were planted on the higher points of the park.
      • The council is also proposing to close a gap in a nearby pedestrian guardrail to stop people crossing at a dangerous point.
      • The site is located at a point between two major river systems, the Mersey and Dee, with open access to the Irish Sea.

    • 3.2(on scale)

      punto masculine
      freezing/boiling point punto de congelación/ebullición
      • the index rose three points el índice subió tres enteros / puntos
      • his nerves were at breaking point estaba a punto de estallar
      • the trains were at bursting point los trenes iban repletos
      • the children have reached saturation point los niños ya están saturados
      • you're right, up to a point hasta cierto punto tienes razón
      • she is reserved to the point of coldness es tan reservada, que llega a ser fría
      • his writing is untidy to the point of being illegible tiene tan mala letra, que lo que escribe resulta ilegible
      • we worked to the point of exhaustion trabajamos hasta quedar agotados
      • they tormented her to the point where her life became unbearable la atormentaron hasta tal punto, que la vida se le hizo insoportable
      • Health insurers say the average rise in premiums dropped a couple of percentage points from a year ago.
      • Today's figures represent a net decline of seven points for the President in the past three days.
      • Eight of the previous 10 rate cuts the Fed has made this year have been by half a percentage point.
      • In August, the retail trade business climate indicator rose 2.2 points compared to July.
      • Outperformance of the benchmark was a handsome 7.1 percentage points per year.
      • By contrast, the prices of new houses and apartments have risen by only a few percentage points so far this year.
      • The party is also down four percentage points on the 1991 local elections.
      • Feeling relieved that your premiums inched up only a few percentage points?
      • His gains averaged just three percentage points.
      • Rates are down some 2 percentage points compared to the end of last year.
      • However, the final poll on election day was wrong by about 1.5 to 2 percentage points.
      • His vote has fallen by up to 10 percentage points over the last couple of weeks.
      • That trend was kept up until a week ago when, during that period, the Brady bonds gained three to four percentage points.
      • The quarter percentage point rise alone is unlikely to push your finances over the edge.
      • In the first four weeks, his blood pressure dropped 20 points and he lost five pounds.
      • The polls had a margin of error of four percentage points.
      • The Bank of England started to lift the rate in November last year and it has since gone up by 1.25 percentage points.
      • However, the news isn't all good: gross margins slipped by 0.3 percentage points year on year.
      • Last year one child did not achieve level four in English, dragging the mark down by four percentage points.
      • The figure represents an increase of 7.7 percentage points from last year.

  • 4

    (in time)
    momento masculine
    at this point the doorbell rang en ese momento / instante sonó el timbre
    • at this point in the game en este momento del juego
    • at this point in time (at present) en este momento
    • at what point did you begin to suspect? ¿en qué momento empezó a sospechar?
    • at no point did they mention money en ningún momento hablaron de dinero
    • he was at the point of death estaba agonizando
    • from this point on a partir de este momento
    • to be on the point of sth/ -ing estar a punto de + inf
    • he was on the point of confessing estaba a punto de confesar
    • he was on the point of tears estaba a punto de ponerse a llorar / estaba al borde de las lágrimas
  • 5

    (in tennis, in contest, exam, in boxing)
    punto masculine
    set/match point bola de set/partido feminine
    • (in boxing) to win on points ganar por puntos
    • to make points with sb hacer méritos con algn
    • before noun points victory / win victoria por puntos
  • 6

    • 6.1(item, matter)

      punto masculine
      we discussed various points tratamos diversos puntos / diversas cuestiones
      • agreement was reached on the following points se llegó a un acuerdo en los siguientes puntos
      • the main points of the news un resumen de las noticias más importantes del día
      • point of honor cuestión de honor / pundonor
      • point of order moción de orden
      • to bring up / raise a point plantear una cuestión
      • as a point of principle por principio
      • a point of law una cuestión de derecho
      • in point of fact a decir verdad
      • not to put too fine a point on it hablando en plata / en buen romance
      • to make a point of sth/ -ing
      • she always made a point of talking to everyone siempre se preocupaba por / se proponía conversar con todo el mundo
      • I'll make a point of watching them closely me encargaré de vigilarlos de cerca
      • to stretch a point hacer una excepción
      • The architect later wrote to say that yes, the cement would probably outlast all of them, but that was not quite the point.
      • The whole point of the Oslo process was to settle differences in a peaceful manner.
      • I think the point is that you need to be not only strategic but tactical as well.
      • Again, ideas on this matter vary between cultures, but a few general points seem clear.
      • The whole point in this particular case was that she was not simply doing the duties of a merchandiser.
      • On the subject of Betty's harrowing death, again he seems to miss the point.
      • He has written to me courteously and in great detail, explaining technical points about the way his site works.
      • Bulleted lists of key points at the end of each chapter provide an excellent review for students.
      • However, it is important to make some specific points clear.
      • Grant says the point is that no one knows what it's like to be Lauren or what's going on inside her head.
      • The main points of interest on the three deck levels are the railings, lifeboat davits and companionways.
      • And what would be the main points of similarity between these two great cities?
      • The Court grants special leave to appeal on the two points which I just indicated.
      • Surely the point is that rules and guidelines like this are to be applauded whatever the source.
      • Whatever its deficiencies, the point was that it was inclusive, not divisive.
      • The whole point of the new system was to maximize the lord's profits, and to do so in as rational a way as possible.
      • We will just retire for a moment to consider these points.
      • Anyway, the point is that this method cannot be universally relied upon.
      • Some may not care, but many people I know are signing up without reading or understanding the implications of the above three points.
      • Curiously, there is no attempt to integrate these points into the main body of the text.
      • You should keep the following points particularly in mind, and may wish at this point to look again at the Claim Questionnaire.
      • More broadly, the point is that political philosophy is only one part of politics.
      • None of them was concerned with the specific point which arises in this case.
      • The whole point of a conservation area is to conserve, not to dig it up whenever it is convenient.
      • The whole point of her character was that she was a tough survivor.
      • He was reluctant to be drawn into any detailed discussion of this point.
      • To argue that the world of 1919 was worse than that of 1914 is to miss the point.
      • The time in New York is five hours behind the time in London, and so on, but that's not the point.
      • So regardless of who gets put in charge, the point is that someone needs to be in charge.
      • The guidelines aren't specific enough on some points.
      • It has already warned that the housing market is beginning to cool so the impact of the new rules is likely to be the main point of interest.
      • To understand the point of the arts, you really have to imagine a society where everything to do with the arts is taken away.
      • He has been having a quiet tournament, but the point is that he has not been trying to take centre stage.
      • The point is that he had the opportunity to change the rules and he left it too late.
      • He gives a summary of some of the main points which were discussed.
      • Similarly, it is better to paraphrase points made above, rather than repeat them word for word.
      • This study came under sharp criticism on many points, including its lack of rigorous controls.
      • One of the key points is increasing resident participation.
      • Supposedly, the point is that the public can see the people behind the public persona.
      • Vary your tone of voice to punctuate important points, and keep it moving to capture interest.

    • 6.2(argument)

      Mike's point was a good one Mike tenía razón en lo que dijo
      • it was a point which had never occurred to me era algo que nunca se me había ocurrido
      • to make a point
      • what point are you trying to make? ¿qué estás tratando de decir?
      • that was a very interesting point you made lo que señalaste / planteaste / dijiste es muy interesante
      • I'd like to make one more point, if I may quisiera hacer otra observación / señalar otra cosa, si me permiten
      • she made the point that … observó que …
      • all right, you've made your point! sí, bueno, ya has dicho lo que querías decir
      • I see your point about it being boring! ya veo lo que querías decir con lo de que era aburrido
      • I take your point that … acepto que …
      • point taken de acuerdo
      • I think he has a point yo creo que tiene razón / que no está tan errado
      • you have a point there tienes razón (en lo que dices)
      • to prove a point
      • that proves my point that we need more staff eso me da la razón en que necesitamos más personal
      • she's doing it simply to prove a point no lo hace más que para demostrar que tiene razón

  • 7

    • 7.1(central issue, meaning)

      to come/get to the point ir al grano
      • to keep / stick to the point no irse por las ramas
      • now, to get back to the point, … bueno, volviendo al tema, …
      • she was brief and to the point fue breve y concisa
      • I don't need a car and, more to the point … no necesito coche, y lo que es más …
      • that's beside the point eso no viene al caso
      • the point is that it should have been ready yesterday el hecho es que debería haber estado listo ayer
      • that's not the point no se trata de eso
      • that's just the point! ¡precisamente!
      • Mr Mercer seems to have entirely missed the point el señor Mercer parece no haber entendido en absoluto de qué se trata

    • 7.2(cogency)

      fuerza (de convicción) feminine
      to give point to sth darle fuerza a algo
      • Indeed, the police made the point that the victim could have been ‘any one of us on a night out’.
      • He made some very valid points in his argument.
      • The district auditor has made the point that he is independent of the council.
      • Surely, there is a limit to the amount of times you can repeat yourself, just to prove a point?
      • He/she who needs to resort to violence to prove a point, has a poor argument.
      • Although some points have since been challenged and corrected, the basis of his studies remains unchanged.
      • There are, however, counter-arguments to many of the above points.
      • If we sold it for more than we paid into it, we could prove our point.
      • He forcefully articulated his points, which were punctuated with statistics and figures.
      • Some of Jonathan's points cross over with some of my research interests.
      • Two particular points in your article do not stand up to any scrutiny.
      • They put their ideas and points across very eloquently.
      • Several made the point that with inflation remaining low, it was not enough to sit on your investments.
      • He made the point that intelligent bowlers did not chuck every ball.
      • He also made the point that farmers are not aware of the Social Welfare entitlements they might have.
      • Mr Davie made the point that the low paid and many elderly people are particularly hard hit by double figure rises in council tax.
      • At the time, I had no idea what his point was, and I didn't particularly care.
      • We will use some examples of this sort of work to illustrate our points.

  • 8

    what's the point of going on? ¿qué sentido tiene seguir?
    • I'm not voting: what's the point? yo no voto ¡para qué! / ¿qué sentido tiene?
    • the whole point of my trip was to see you justamente iba a viajar (/ he viajado etc. ) nada más que para verte
    • there's no point/ there isn't any point (in) feeling sorry for yourself no sirve de nada compadecerse
    • I can't see much point in a resumption of talks no veo de qué va a servir que se reanuden las conversaciones
    • there is some point to it tiene su sentido / su razón de ser
  • 9

    • 9.1(feature, quality)

      patience/music isn't one of my strong points la paciencia/música no es mi fuerte
      • she doesn't see his bad points no le ve los defectos
      • the good and bad points of the system los pros y los contras del sistema
      • these are the points to look for estos son los detalles en los que hay que fijarse

    • 9.2(of animal)

      característica feminine
      • The mask, legs and tail should all show clear tabby markings which should be the same colour on all points.
      • The dorsal stripe is the color of the horse's points.

  • 10British

    (electrical / power) point tomacorriente masculine Latin America
  • 11

    punta feminine
    cabo masculine
  • 12

    • 12.1Motor vehicles

      (masculine plural) platinos
      • The distributor should be completely dismantled and the points examined.
      • I cleaned the points and the bike is now rideable.
      • If the points need to be replaced you must remove the flywheel.

    • 12.2British Railways

      (feminine plural) agujas
      • The crash was caused by a faulty set of points.
      • A preliminary investigation into the accident has blamed loose points near the station as the likely cause of the derailment.
      • The first train to pass over the points was the 7am service to Glasgow.
      • Because of the vibration of the trains passing over points, bolts may loosen slightly over time.
      • The points changed direction just after the first three carriages passed over them.
      • The line could be extended to Skipton, and beyond, by the simple addition of a set of points at Embsay Junction.

    • 12.3(ballet)

      on points en punta(s) de pie

transitive verb

  • 1

    (aim, direct)
    can you point us in the right direction? ¿nos puede señalar el camino?
    • the arrow pointed the way to the exit la flecha indicaba / señalaba el camino a la salida
    • his example points the way for the whole nation su ejemplo señala / apunta el camino que debe seguir la nación entera
    • point the aerosol away from you apunta para otro lado con el aerosol
    • to point sth at sb/sth
    • he pointed his finger at me me señaló con el dedo
    • she pointed the gun at him le apuntó con la pistola
    • don't point the hose at the flowers no apuntes directamente a las flores con la manguera
  • 2

    (brickwork/wall) rejuntar

    con mortero

  • 3

    (word/text) puntuar
  • 4

    (give emphasis)
    (line/word) recalcar
    (line/word) poner énfasis en

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (with finger, stick etc)
    it's rude to point es de mala educación señalar con el dedo
    • the gun was pointing in my direction la pistola apuntaba hacia mí
    • with her toes pointing outward con las puntas de los pies hacia afuera
    • to point at / to sth/sb señalar algo/a algn
    • to point toward sth señalar en dirección a algo
    • he pointed to / at the clock on the wall señaló el reloj que había en la pared
    • the big hand is pointing to six el minutero señala el número seis
  • 2

    (call attention)
    the report points to deficiencies in health care el informe señala deficiencias en la asistencia sanitaria
    • the company can point to excellent sales figures la empresa puede señalar sus excelentes cifras de ventas
  • 3

    (indicate, suggest)
    (symptoms/facts) indicar
    it all points to suicide todo indica / hace pensar que se trata de un suicidio
    • the trends point to an early economic recovery los indicios apuntan a una pronta reactivación de la economía
    • his silence points to complicity su silencio es señal de complicidad
  • 4

    (in hunting)
    (dog) pararse